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Poster: adks12020 Date: Jan 27, 2011 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The DEAD's take on THEIR vocals...

The only two vocalists from the original Grateful Dead that I would consider to be good are Jerry and Pigpen....and their voices weren't even good in a technical sense. It was the feeling they evoked, the fact that when they sang you knew they were feeling what they were singing; that made them good. Jerry on Morning Dew, High Time, Comes a Time, Crazy Fingers...and Pig on Two Souls in Communion, Chinatown Shuffle, Mr. Charlie, Next Time You See me..just great

Bobby had his moments...mostly cowboy songs...but his voice never was technically any good either. His range is so small that I can sing his parts and I barely sing (I only do so when I'm playing guitar by myself or just jamming with friends...would never do so in public).

Phil could belt out Box of Rain but a lot of the time when he sang back up vocals he would step on, or over, the other guys and his voice would crack a lot.

So overall...anyone that knows the Grateful Dead knows their voices aren't, and never were, the main attraction. It's the whole package. The improvisation, the lyrics, the whole idea...that's what made them. So I say dub away if they feel the need. I don't need it to be there and I don't think most "heads" (hate that term but it fits) do either but the band is trying to make a good product to sell in the twilight of their careers..so do it up

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The DEAD's take on THEIR vocals...

Oh yeah--agree with everyone bout their vocals.

However, back in the day, it seemed somehow to be cheating.

If we were touting the band as unique, doing it all their way, best while live, etc., how would we have felt to find out "hmm, the lead's not very good here--lets dub that in too" or some such, right?

So, since we ackn'd the vocals aren't their strong suit, to me it was sorta "selling out" (lets broaden our appeal) to try to do something about it...again, nothin wrong with that, but recall, I was their Chief East Bay Self-appt salesperson, touting "there was NOTHING like a Live DEAD show" and then someone tells me "yeah, but the album's FAKE, dim-wit!"....it took the wind outta my sails for a bit there.

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The DEAD's take on THEIR vocals...

We've all been cheated! That's it, free E72 box sets for everyone!
I love GD vocals except for Bobby. Someone pointed out a while back, "the only reason Donna sounds bad is because she has to harmonize with Weir."
In total agreement with althearose and WT. Probably wouldn't listen if the vocals were perfect, I wanna hear some more screamin' Jerry!

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